If you are facing criminal charges, it’s imperative that you work with a criminal defense attorney, regardless of how minor the charges may be. A skilled criminal defense attorney is an invaluable asset that can greatly affect the outcome of your case, but unfortunately, many people who are accused of a crime aren’t aware of how important these attorneys are. What does a criminal defense attorney do and how can he help? Here’s what you need to know:
Investigation of the Case
An attorney will begin by diving deep into the details of the case to learn as much as possible about it. This may include talking to witnesses, questioning police about their procedures, and examining physical evidence. Throughout his investigation, he will be looking for opportunities to poke holes in the prosecution’s case against you. For instance, he may find that the evidence being used against you was collected during an illegal search and should therefore be thrown out.
In some cases, a defense attorney may be able to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution. If you accept the plea deal, you will either face reduced charges or shorter sentences as a result of your attorney’s efforts. A plea deal is not appropriate for every defendant, so it’s possible that your attorney will not explore this option if he does not think it is necessary.
If the attorney finds a significant hole in the prosecution’s case, it’s also possible that he could have all of your charges dropped.
When a case goes to trial, the attorney will take on the responsibility of selecting the jury that will decide your fate. A skilled attorney will ensure that there are no biased jurors who will assume that you are guilty regardless of the evidence that is presented.
Presenting the Case
Criminal defense attorneys may be best known for their work in trials. If your case goes to trial, a criminal defense attorney will stand before the jury to defend your rights and point out flaws in the prosecution’s case. An attorney will be responsible for preparing witnesses, analyzing the prosecution’s evidence, cross-examining the prosecution’s witnesses, and convincing the jury to doubt the prosecution’s story.
Defendants who are found guilty or plead guilty will be sentenced for the crimes that they committed. If this happens to you, an attorney will present a compelling argument to the judge and jury to convince them to be lenient with your sentence.
If you have been charged with a crime, contact Reisch Law Firm today. Our criminal defense attorneys will defend your rights and provide you with honest advice through every step of the legal process. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.